Posts Tagged ‘culture

06
Mar
18

An Open Letter to DC Comics

A personal opinion and plea:

First of all, let me say that I love collecting comic books–especially your Batman series–and I love a lot of other nerdy and geeky things. I have a lot of it in my playroom (my “happy place.”)

Because I have a love for these types of things, I want them to be readily available so that I can enjoy them, but if you don’t learn a lesson from Marvel Comics (owned by Disney), I fear you will end up down the same path of failure.

For the last 2 or 3 years, Marvel Comics has experienced a significant drop in sales of their comic books. Do a web search for “marvel comics sales down” and look at what pops up.

According to ICv2, a Marvel-hosted meeting between Marvel Comics, retailers and distributors got ugly and had to be shut down, during last October’s NY Comic Con. The reason? From what I have seen posted on marketwatch.com, breitbart.com, comicvine.gamespot.com, bleedingcool.com, hollywoodreporter.com, etc., and from talking with other comic book fans, it seems I’m not the only one feeling that Marvel Comics has been shooting themselves–and their business partners–in the ‘foot’ by engaging in the practice of embedding biased, political messages in their stories, along with unnecessary–and unwanted–character changes, simply for diversity and political correctness.

We get bombarded by political crap from every direction, every day. We get it from cop shows, nightly news, sitcoms, radio, magazines, comedians, billboards, movies, street signs, books, newspapers…you name it. Most of the comic books fans I have spoken with don’t want politics, indoctrination and preaching in their comic books.

Comics are escapism. Leave it that way!

Disney also experienced backlash with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Box office receipts were down by a few percentage points, and Chinese theaters even pulled the movie after only two weeks, because of poor ticket sales.

Personally, this is the first time I did not go to see a Star Wars movie multiple times–and I am saddened, and a little angered, by that.

In the Star Wars movie, there were quite a few PETA-style embedded messages, along with what seemed to be “evil rich people get what they deserve” kind of nonsense. The setting even felt like they shoehorned it into the movie, with obvious intent.

Marvel Comics is now about to do a reboot on their comics, called “Fresh Start,” from what I’ve been told. Apparently, they plan to try to fix things and bring “lapsed readers” back to their books. (I’ll believe it when I see it!)

I used to spend a LOT of money on comics, each week. For the last couple of years, I have bought just a few books, here and there. I dropped every single one of my subscriptions for Marvel Comics–and most of my DC Comics subs, too. Now, I mainly collect the Batman title, and one or two other books that might catch my eye once in a while–and I know of others who have done the same. That’s a big loss, for both Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

Now, I’m rethinking my Batman subscription–and that’s painful!

In the last couple of DC Animated movies I watched, there was a lot of “climate change” (discredited junk-science) and “green” nonsense embedded in the stories. Now, with the new Poison Ivy story arc in the Batman book, it’s a new story about “the green” and forced world peace. (What is this, a Batman comic or a Miss USA Pageant?)

DC Comics, please…STOP! Just stop.

It’s gotten to the point where if I see Poison Ivy or Swamp Thing in a new story, I want to leave the book on the shelf, because it’s a pretty good bet that you guys are going to use them for another political message–and I refuse to pay my hard-earned money for that! You can keep the preaching, indoctrination and political nonsense to yourselves.

When comics cease to be fun and entertaining, they stop ending up in my collection. I have standards.

Please, PLEASE change course, before you end up like Marvel Comics! I want nothing more than for you all to be successful, because I want to continue to read amazing stories about my favorite characters.

The Bat/Cat engagement stuff was very entertaining–until Ivy showed up, that is.

The Justice League’s “Darkseid War” from 2 or 3 years ago (The New 52) was one of the best story arcs I had read in a long time. The Fabok art was absolutely AMAZING! Give us more of that stuff.

Here’s a novel idea: Create some new characters! That way, the old, beloved characters can remain as they have been–and their longtime fans can remain happy–while adding something new to the mix, for those who would appreciate something different. Just, please, leave the embedded messages out of the picture. (Thank you!)

So, here’s to the future of great comics…EXCELSIOR!

(Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

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14
May
09

Giving Back

A couple of years ago, “giving back” used to be a favorite socialist catch phrase. Today, it’s still often used to guilt-trip people with wealth into spreading it around or be labeled “greedy,” “uncaring,” “evil rich person,” etc.

I was recently reminded of the “giving back” stuff by the TV show, American Idol. While I fully and completely support private charity, I absolutely HATE the name that the show’s producers chose to name their operation: “Idol Gives Back.”

Pushing a person or company into “giving back” to the community seems to imply an inequity, theft or entitlement–and nothing could be further from the truth.

In any free exchange, all parties involved must be agreeable with the exchange and desire something that someone else has more than they want to keep what they currently have.

For instance, Bob wants a microwave oven so he runs down to the local department store to compare prices and models.

Looking through the available items, he finds a model that has a high power rating and energy efficiency. It also has time-saving features, such as one-touch settings for popcorn and soup, and it costs $49.99.

Bob decides that he wants the microwave more than he wants to hang on to $49.99, and the store wants 49 dollars and 49 cents more than it wants to keep a microwave oven on the shelf, so Bob and the store exchange money and goods.

Since both parties entered into the transaction voluntarily, and both decided they wanted what the other had more than what they were currently holding, why is it that the store then gets pressured into “giving back” to the community?

Some socialists say, “If it wasn’t for the people in the community buying things there, the department store wouldn’t be making any money.” To which I say, “If the department stores weren’t around, these people wouldn’t have the opportunity to purchase appliances, cleaning products, furniture, food, books, entertainment items, etc. to enhance and improve their lives.”

As you can see, both parties benefited from the exchange, and both were willing to part with what they had to get what the other had to trade. To say that the business, alone, should now “give something back” is unacceptable.

If there are inequities, or people feel they are owed something from these “greedy, rich corporations,” maybe the people in the community should just hold on to their money, do without or make the things they would normally buy, and then reassess their situation at a later date (yeah, that’ll happen. lol).

The only “greedy” people I see here are those who unjustly feel that they are owed something, especially after they follow through with a completely voluntary exchange.

29
Jan
09

Rant

This is not political commentary, but I need to get this off my chest.

More and more, I’m hoping that the word “like” is one day removed from the English language, because I’m like just about ready to scream, and like you know how it feels when you are just going to like blow a fuse or something? Like that’s how I’m feeling, now. It’s like driving me crazy!

I was like telling my friend about this the other day. I was like, “You know what I mean?” He was like, “Yeah, like totally. The word is like sooooo irritating, and like everyone uses it the wrong way, but it’s like we can’t stop and stuff.”

Get a grip, people!

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